Volume 29, Number 3
P.O. Box 7000
Dayton. Tennessee 37321-7000
William E. Brown
Bryan College National
Alumni Advisory Council
Director of Stewardship
and Alumni Ministries
Brett Roes, '88
Steve Stewart, '85
NAAC Class Agent
Ginny Seguine Schatz, '54
Bud Schatz, '56
Bob Andrews. '67
Maye Hayes Jepson, '71
Jonathan Fickley, '86
Laura Kaufmann, '87
Gretchen Mann, '89
Matt Murphy, '02
Committee on Elections
Kari Ballentine, '91
Sharron Padgett, '87
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Dear Friends of Bryan:
Thanks to the thousands of you who have helped Bryan College students
through your financial gifts. Over the past few years, the gifts to Bryan have ranged
from eighty-two cents to two million dollars. The big gifts get a lot notice but the
smaller ones are often just as sacrificial. I remember two in particular. One came to
me in an envelope covered with pink bears cut out of construction paper. Inside was
a note written on what was left of the pink paper informing me that the sender (a 6-
year-old) had read my letter and was enclosing a dollar to help the students at Bryan.
The other came a few days after our fire. A young girl emptied her piggy bank
and asked her parents to take her up to Bryan. There on my desk, she carefully laid
out the precious contents of her bank - all she had - to help Bryan College rebuild.
Gifts like these make me aware that God is moving in the hearts of so many to
invest in His work at Bryan. We are in desperate need of financial help for Bryan
College right now. Please ask our Lord how you can help. Your gift will make the dif-
ference for the college this year.
Thanks so much for being a part of the awesome work God is doing at Bryan
God bless always,
liam E. Brown
There is nothing permanent except change.
-Heraditus (500 B.C.)
by Dr. William E. Brown
When the world entered the atomic age, an
odd combination of giddiness and terror swept
through: giddiness because man had conquered
infinitely small particles to unleash infinitely
large power; terror because we saw that power
used to bring horrific, widespread destruction
After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Albert
Einstein was so disturbed by the radical changes
he saw coming he sent a telegram to The New
York Times addressed to the American people.
He warned, "The unleashed power of the atom
has changed everything except our modes of
thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled
Einstein's warnings are being raised again.
Worldwide fears of widespread destruction and
indiscriminant terror are with us. Have we
changed our modes of thought to manage the
But change at the global level competes for
attention with the changes we face at the per-
sonal level. In fact, personal change is the flash-
point for our culture and handling it is big busi-
ness. The number one book dealing with change
Spencer Johnson's Wlio Moved My Cheese?
which remains a best-seller after four years on
the market. Johnson describes our "cheese" as a
metaphor for what we want to have in life, usu-
ally personal or social goals. When our cheese
gets "moved" by circumstances or people, we
react in different ways. Using mice as examples
of possible responses, Johnson summarizes it
Sometimes we act like
Who sniffs out change early, or
Who scurries into action, or
Who denies and resists change as he fears
it will lead to something worse, or
Who learns to adapt in time when he sees
changing leads to something better!
Managing our lives in
the face of unrelenting
change is the challenge
of our age. From a bibli-
cal perspective, there are
two basic truths about
God does not change.
The gods of the Greek and Roman pan-
theons were capricious and unpre-
dictable. They were pictures of fickle
humans drawn to a divine scale. Even
the Muslim view of God presents Him
as unpredictable. Norman Geisler writes
that the Islamic Allah is " . . . arbitrary about what is right
and wrong. He does not have to do good. He does not have
to be loving to all; he could hate if he chose to do so."
But the biblical God never changes His essence or His
plans: "I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of
Jacob, are not destroyed" (Malachi 3:6). Quite unlike other
religions, the true God is unchangeable and we can rely on
the constancy of who He is and on the certainty of what He
. . . but everything else does change
Most of us have a hard time with change. In 1970, futurist
writer Alvin Toffler made the well-known observation, "Man
has a limited biological capacity for change. When this
capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock." ^
We live in a world that changes so quickly that some-
times we want to call a moratorium on change just so we can
catch our breath. But that will never happen. It is no longer a
matter of //tilings change but lohen (and how much and how
quickly). The most important issue is how we will respond.
Some try so hard to resist change that they end up ruin-
ing life for others. John Steinbeck once noted, "It is the nature
of a man as he grows older ... to protest against change,
particularly change for the better." We often are afraid of the
future and we withdraw into what is comfortable and famil-
iar. The result is a narrowing view of God, the world, and the
future. "It's the most unhappy people who most fear
change," says writer and journalist Mignon McLaughlin.
The only way to stay the same is to change
A man I knew had a very successful ministry in the 1950's.
Hundreds of young people gathered wherever he spoke and
responded enthusiastically to his challenges. When I met him
in the 1980's, he was a bitter man. He was still using the
same methods that worked effectively thirty years before but
no one was responding. He complained that youth had ^^
become godless and self-centered and he had nothing good
to say about ministries that were reaching youth at that time.
The problem that escaped him was not that his message
needed to change, just his methods. Being effective in a
Dr. Brown is president
changing society means that we must
change how we respond to it. Those
who have long and faithful ministries
are students both of God's Word and
God's world. The Apostle Paul leaves
little room for doubt when he pro-
claims, "I make myself a slave to every-
one in order that I may win them" (1
Corinthians 9:19). Our goal in ministry is not to get the
world to change so they can respond to the message, but
that they respond to the message so they can be changed.
In fact, change is the essential feature of God's good
news. God's plan has been unfolding and we see the
changes He intended through Christ: "For the law was
given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus
Christ" (John 1:17). His message is that we must change in
order to become like little children lest we be excluded from
His Kingdom (Matthew 18:3). In fact, the future for all of
God's children involves an Incredible change in our very
natures (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
Go Ahead: Eat the Cheese!
i nange may be inevitable, but that doesn't mean that we
should try to change things just because they are going to
change anyway. Change for the sake of change is usually
daft and frequently destructive. There is enough change
going on without our help.
At the personal level, whatever change we allow in our
lives must be from God's leading. We are called to be con-
tent and faithful in our lives, but not so comfortable that we
are deaf to God's voice. If there are changes God desires, He
usually makes it very clear.
If God desires change, it is always for good reasons with
our best in mind. We are experiencing this at Bryan College.
Change may be hard during the process of changing but it
is inherently exciting because it means that God is at work.
Sometimes change is the only way God gets our attention.
There is not much we can do about the whirlwind of
change in the world. In spite of the uncertainties and fears,
God's care and oversight are our strength. We know how
everything turns out in the end so we never crumble. We
are (literally) eternal optimists. Our privilege is to focus on
being sensitive to the culture around us so we can commu-
nicate with clarity and compassion. It is about them, not us.
are called to be salt and light in the world. We are deter-
mined to be open to how we live, how we serve, and how
Maybe even Einstein would be impressed, mi
Hundreds of Bryan College alumni and
their families gathered for a "Hall of Fame
Homecoming" celebration Oct. 3 to 6 to
reconnect with friends and celebrate cre-
ation of the college's athletics Hall of Fame.
Activities included a sacred assembly on
Thursday alumni golf tournament and
Builders Commission banquet on Friday
class cluster reunions and Hall of Fame
banquet on Saturday and a worship service
Danny Reid, son of Timothy and Bonnie Reid of Melbourne,
Fla., was elected king and Sasha Morgan, daughter of Paul and
Carol Morgan of Salem, Ore., ivas elected queen of the 2002
Bryan College homecoming Oct. 5. Danny is a senior business
administration/management major and Sasha is a senior
Christian education/youth ministry major.
Nick Senter of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., was named an
honorary alumnus of the college during homecoming in
recognition of his long-time support of the college,
which included in recent years underwriting improve-
ments to the athletics facilities and re-establishment of
the baseball program. Mr. Salter's family has been
involved with the college since its early days. Pictured,
from left, are Mr. Senter, Stewardship arid Alumni
Ministries Director Brett Roes, President Bill Brown,
and Alumni Association President Stti'e Stewart.
Bryan College installed the first members of the Athletics Hall of Fame during
Homecoming 2002, recognizing men and women for their athletic achieve-
ments and contribution to the college. Pictured, from left, front, are Anthony
Revis, 76. baseball; Tom Potter, 76, cross country; and Chuck Grant, 76,
men's soccer. Back are President Bill Brown; Wayne Dixon, '64, coach; Bob
Spoede, '85 Honorary, athletics director; Shannon Laze Dancilla. '88, women's
basketball! Dean Ropp, '81, men's basketball: Susan Efird Bracken, '91, accept-
ing the award for her late sister, Ann Efird Faggart, '88, volleyball; and
Stewardship and Alumni Ministries Director Brett R
Sandy and Sharon
Zensen were named
honorary alumni of
the college during
homecoming in recognition of their years of commitment to and support ol th^^
college and its mission. Sandy serves as athletics director and head men s soccer
coach and Sharon is the switchboard operator. Pictured, from left, are Sharon
Zensen, Stewardship and Alumni Ministries Director Brett Roes, President Bill
Brown, Sandy Zensen, and Alumni Association President Stei'e Stewart.
David Spoede, '78, an attorney in Dallas, Texas, was recognized
as the Alumnus of the Year during homecoming in October.
I 'Hand was recognized for his personal and professional achieve-
ment ami Ins commitment to the college. Pictured, from left, are
Alumni Association President Steve Stavart, Director of
Stezvardship and Alumni Ministries Brett Roc?. President Bill
Brown, and the honoree.
Don and Iris Efird of Kannapolis, N.C., were named honorary
Bryan alumni during homecoming in recognition of their i/rars
of commitment to and support of the college and its mission. Mr.
Efird has served as a trustee of the college for 33 years, and the
couple's seven children are all Bryan alumni. Pictured, from left,
are President Bill Brown, Stewardship and Alumni Ministries
Director Brett Rocs, Alumni Association President Steve
Stewart, and Mr. and Mrs. Efird.
The Bryan Worldview Teams will be at the following locations:
Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12
Woodland Park Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Term.
Crossroads Christian Fellowship, Moody, Ala.
Landmark Christian School, Lilburn, Ga.
Prince Avenue Christian School, Athens, Ga.
First Baptist Church, Hokes Bluff, Ala.
Feb. 28-March 2
Westwood Baptist Church, Cleveland, Tenn.
Heritage Academy, Gainesville, Ga.
Calvary Christian Academy, Columbus, Ga.
Northeast Park Baptist Church, St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Bryan Chorale will be in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama
during spring break, March 7-15, 2003. Cities on the tour
include Atlanta and Columbus, Ga.; Pensacola and Panama
City, Fla.; Dothan, Enterprise, Pell City, and Anniston, Ala.
Alumni in these areas should look for a mailing with details
about the Chorale's concerts in the spring.
Bryan President Dr. William E. Brown, right, and WMBW
Radio Program Director Andy Napier talk during WMBW's
broadcast from Bryan College in September. The
Chattanooga, Tenn., affiliate of the Moody Broadcasting
Network, presented interviews with students, an audio tour
of the library and student center, and promotions for cam-
pus events during its afternoon "drive time" program.
THE SPORTS PAGE
Members ol Ihe Lions' bas-
ketball leam include, Irom
left, sealed, Dillon McElroy,
Blake Bonier, Josh Locy,
Coach Morris Michalski,
Brett Wright, Chris Travis,
and Brandon Ambrose.
Standing. Candi Caudill.
Shannon Reynolds, Billy
Kim, Jordan Musselman,
Jonathan Little, Gene
Henley, Michael Stone,
Brandon Gordon, Jeremiah
Weis, Darren Evans, student
assistant coach David Arute.
David Chambers, and Adam
Lions Basketball Schedule
TN Tech. Univ.
NAIA National Tournament
NCCAA National Tournament
'denotes AAC Conference game
Bold denotes home game
An early-season victory over nationally ranked Bluefield
has Coach Morris Michalski hoping his Lions' basketball team is
in for a special year.
Before the Bluefield game - the fourth contest of the season
- he said he was looking for consistency from his players. "This
year we have 14 on the leam; our depth is better than the last
couple of years and our talent is a little better. But we have to
have good chemistry, shoot the ball better, and handle the ball
The coach is looking to seniors Brett Wright. Josh locy, and
Blake Bohler for leadership this year, and is counting on juniors
Chris Travis, Dillon McElroy. and Gene Henley for offensive
As he sorts through the various player combinations seek-
ing the right chemistry on the court. Coach Michalski is con-
vinced that his bench will be a critical
factor in the team's success. We have
a brutal schedule.'' he said. "To be
successful, we have to make sure our
bench is better than the other team's
bench, and make the other team play
into their bench too. The energy and
speed we play must make both teams
go to the bench."
The team has adopted "Let's
Roll" as its theme for the year. "We
chose that in the spirit of what Todd
Beamer was trying to do - go after
something much bigger than one's
self, doing something big, brave,
Some of those challenges include
a road visit to Bluefield as well as
games against Tennessee Wesleyan,
King, Montreat, and Virginia-Wise.
But the first conference challenge
is to play better at home. "Last year,
we had great accomplishments on
the road. We need to play better Hi
home," he said.
If the Bluefield game is any indi-
cation, maybe the Lions are rolling
toward that goal.
Faith Phaneuf, Laura Smith, and
Brook Fleming, right, eye the ball
during a volleyball match this sea-
son. The Lady Lions linished sec-
ond in Ihe AAC. their highest finish
in more than 15 years.
UONS SOCGEB TEAM
Despite a rash of injuries, Bryan's men's
soccer team managed to improve its overall
record to 12-6-1 before heading into the play-
offs, an accomplishment Coach Sandy Zensen
says is significant.
"Of the original four starting defenders, we
only had one left at the end of the season, and
for a while he was gone too," the coach said. "I
thought we had depth at the start of the sea-
son, but in the last six games we played with
only 12 players and only two or three of the
'The positive side is thai a lol of kids got a
lot of playing time we hadn't planned on.
That's an investment in the future."
The coach said the regular-season results
are "about what 1 had wanted. Watching the
team come together. I thought we would have
been a little better than last year (10-7 and
sixth in the conference)."
Dr. Zensen said he thinks the game with
Union College (Ky.) was the Lions' best. Union
came to Dayton as the pre-season pick to win
the Appalachian Athletic Conference title, but
escaped the Lions with a 3-3 tie, thanks to a
goal in the final 15 seconds of regulation play.
"Shortly after that, our injuries started."
At the end of the season. Lions earning spe
cial recognition included: lamal Marshall anc
(osh Ray, All-AAC first team; Danny Harvey
and Jason Blair, All-AAC second team; and
Henry Barrios, Danny Harvey, Jordan
Mattheiss, and Mark Ramsey Academic All-
Conference. Josh, lamal, and Jason were
named to the NCCAA Mid-East Region team,
and Coach Zensen was named NCCA Mid-
East Region Coach of the Year.
The team also won the first Champions of
Character Award for the AAC. Recipients of
the new award, sponsored by the NAIA, are
selected by conference coaches in recognition
of teams that demonstrate the NAIA's core
values of responsibility, respect, servant lead-
ership, sportsmanship, and integrity.
The Lady Lions volleyball team finished the :
and 15-3 conference, the highest finish in at lea;
Coach Jerri Morgan said a fast-paced offentfl
I executed our. plan fc-;
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contributes. That's tt
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court but they want •
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LADY LIONS ADVANCE TO
For the second year in a row the Lady Lions soccer learn cap-
Ct the NCCAA Mid-East Region title and earned a berth in the
>nal championship tournament.
The Lady Lions lost both games at the national tournament, but
Coach Marc Neddo said he was encouraged by their effort.
Coach Neddo said his team "didn't sit on their accomplish-
ments from last year, but went out and did better." "Better" includ-
ed a record of 13-6 before the national tournament, up from 10-6-1
a year ago. Their record includes two shut-outs in the regional
tournament, winning 4-0 against Kentucky Christian and 5-0
against Oakland City.
"Last year was our best season ever, and this year was even bet-
ter," Coach Neddo said. The success came despite losing thee sen-
iors lo graduation, a fourth player who transferred as school
began, and the loss to injury of midfielder Aubre Mjolhus.
The players never wavered on the goal of reaching the confer-
ence playoffs and the NCCAA nationals," he said.
This year's team was anchored by a defense that allowed an
average of only 1.1 goals against per game, recording 11 shutouts
in 19 games. "That" s a testimony to the defense and to our goal-
keeper. The goals-against record is the lowest we've ever had."
Goalkeeper Mya Morrison was ranked fifth in the NCCAA for her
Of the six losses, four were against teams ranked or receiving
votes for ranking in the top 25 in the nation. "Our whole season
we were ranked in the top 10 in the NCCAA, the coach added
While the defense was shining, the team also boasts the AAC
Player of the Year in Abigail Snead, who scored 37 goals this sea-
Abigail and Jenny Hughes were named to the AAC All-
Conference first team, and Alicia Schulz, Katie Mowery. and Mya
Morrison were named to the second team. Melissa Myers, Jenny
Hughes, Rachel Palmer, Valerie Petitte, and Anna Hanger were
■>d to the All-Conference Academic team.
«. Mgail. Mva, lenny, and Katie were named to the NCCAA All-
Rcpon first team, and Valerie and Alicia were named to the sec-
Coach Neddo said he is losing four players - Mya. lenny.
Valerie, and Rachel - to graduation, and two others plan to trans-
ler at the end of this year, so he has already begun recruiting to fill
Members of the Lady Lions basketball
team include, from left. Assistant Coach
ert Blevins, Liz Bass. Kesha Sutton,
or Armstrong, Lacey Swanson. Kate
Strunk, Katie White, Valerie Huttenhoff,
Stephanie Huttenhoff. Kimmie Hill, Sarah
Bass, Holly Davis, and Coach Matt Bollant.
ON FAST TRACK
Strong defense, a fast-paced offense, and a team that works together should
be the characteristics of the Lady Lions' basketball team trying to build on last
year's success, new Coach Matt Bollant said as the season tipped off.
"I want fans to see a learn that works as a family, believes in one another,
and worships the Lord though their play," he said.
A year ago, the Lady Lions raced to a 25-8 record and a berth in the NCCAA
national tournament. The coach believes a repeat is possible. "I want the girls to
play as hard as they can play, with the bench cheering the players on the floor.
We'll run a fast-paced game, push for transitional layups. I believe we can be as
good or better than last year's learn."
He is counting on Katie White, Liz Bass, and Sarah Bass, the captains, lo
provide a vocal leadership to encourage excellence from his charges.
Coach Bollant said Valerie and Stephanie Huttenhoff "have improved from
last seasons. They bring intensity lo practice and games." Katie While and Kale
Strunk are showing improvement that will be significant to Ihe team's success.
At the same lime, Holly Davis, Talor Armstrong, Kesha Sutton, and Kimmie
Hill will provide depth for the squad.
"For us to have a chance to vie for the conference championship, we will
have to be a good defensive team," the coach said. "I want that to be our identi-
ty. It's much easier to concentrate on the offense end and go through Ihe
molions on defense. The way lo separate ourselves from other teams is to be
Coach Bollant, in his first season at Bryan after two years as an assistant
coach al Indiana University, said the adjustment to the smaller school hasn't
been difficult. "You can
pursue quality and
excellence at any level,"
he said. "If we do that,
we can have a special
season. The biggest dif-
ference tor me is the
facilities and the atmos-
phere al ihe game."
Lady Lions Basketball Schedule
Lady Lion Daven Pelitte scrambles for the ball dunng a home match, as Holly
Holcombe comes up to help. The Lady Lions played in the NCCAA national
lournament for the second year ihis fall.
Jnilar season in second place in the Appalachian Athletic Conference with a 17-7 record overall
r -i improved skills contributed to the Lions' success. "We played better volleyball this year. We
er: our level of play stepped up."
there has been good leadership from seniors Brook Fleming and Laura Smith, "the whole team
tang to see."
*-. e taken leadership lo heart," she said. They want to see the team successful not just on the
the girls please the Lord with the way they plav."
.led leadership, the rest of the team contributed hard work from the opening of the season.
the season working hard and 1 think it surprised everybody how well it came together. The num-
t stepping up."
was defeating King, the top-ranked conference team. "It had been a long time, since
lost a conference game in four years, and that's the only one they have lost so far."
aura, Randi Mellon, and Anna Rusch earned spots on the NCCAA Mid-East All-Region
(d lo the Mid-East All-Tournament team and Brook and Anna were named NCCAA Scholar
i -repping up.
- 'at '
»iamed AAC Coach of the Year, and Brook and Laura were named to the AAC All-Conference
am and Brook, Laura, Randi, and Anna were named AAC Scholar Athletes..
Southern Poly Tech
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NAIA National Tournament
Bold denotes home games
; J - .
or Jon Tubbs, '81, risk is part and parcel of
his life. As a financial planner, he and his clients
are investing money in hopes that wealth will
increase. At the same time, with an investment
comes the possibility that wealth might decrease.
"One of my jobs as a planner is to manage
risk, to get the highest return with the least
amount of risk as a client works toward a finan-
cial goal," he explained. "In my job, I have to
keep my clients' eyes focused on the big picture.
That's hard in a society of 30-second sound bites
and instant gratification."
Strangely enough, his Bryan College history
degree helps him keep the big picture in mind.
"Even though I'm not using my history major
directly, it taught me to think critically, to ana-
lyze, to look at cause and effect," he said. 'In my
business, there is a need to do a lot of that. Even
though we didn't put the 'worldview' label on it
then, we were taught to understand the world
we live in. My Bryan education certainly helped
develop my ethics and values as a financial
Other exciting lessons have been learned
through his involvement with Gap Prison
Ministries, an organization dedicated to disci-
pling prison inmates who then become mission-
aries themselves while incarcerated. (See the
Gap Ministries website at www.gapprisonmin-
One of those lessons he has learned came
from an inmate named Steven, who serves as
vice president of Gap Ministries. "Our material-
istic society pushes us to want everything that
the world offers in the way of wealth. If God
hasn't blessed financially that way, we still want
to live that way," he said. "But with my relation-
ship with Steven, I see that he has nothing
materially but is rich in Christ. That has really
focused me again."
The ability to minister is a driving passion
for Jon to encourage everyone - particularly
believers - to get out of debt. That's why we as
believers shouldn't be in debt, so we can use our
money to help others. If we are in debt, we can't
do that." Along with being debt-free, "I have a
passion to encourage people to give back - to the
church, to missions. For example, if you can
retire at 55 or 60 and have accumulated substan-
tial assets you could go to the mission field and
Jon said he believes all of life is a risk in one
way or another, which should drive believers to
trust the Lord in every area of their lives. He and
his wife, Linda (Menees, '82), left their home in
Rochester, N.Y., five years ago to move to
Knoxville, Tenn. "We took a big risk moving
down here," he said. "A lot of doors opened, but
I was afraid to go through them. For a month we
wrestled over what to do, and finally decided to
trust tine Lord and do it. In the past five years I
have been blessed in so many ways.
"In all that we do, we need to keep the
Lord's will in focus. If we're walking with Him,
we can look at the big picture and know things
are going to work out." Mt
hen was the last time you spoke to one
of your college roommates or suitemates?
Tracking down an old roomie can be a real
blast! This is especially true if you haven't spo-
ken to one another in decades. Over the course
of the past four years. I have either spoken or
visited with most of my former roommates and
suitemates. What a riot! In most cases, what I
found was not at all what I expected....
My roommate of 3.3 \ ears, voted most likely
to settle down. Sonny Beckham is still single, an
account executive with Humana Health Care
Systems, and a bass singer for an incredible
quartet from Jacksonville, Fla. While touring
through Europe, again, he sent me a lousy post
card. Go figure.
My first roommate, voted most likely to be
the next president of IBM, and the first Texan I
ever met, was Pat Ryan. Pat married his sweet-
heart, has a beautiful family and is an executive
with Sherwin Williams in - you guessed it -
Dallas, Texas. It took me about 15 seconds of
rooming with Pat to figure out that Texans are
very proud of their state, a lesson that has come
in very handy over the years.
Then there's Jeff Woodman, voted most likely
to be a movie star, who as it turns out, is the
most optimistic guy on the planet. Jeff lives in
Charlotte, N.C., and builds mega-gazillion-dollar
houses. Before he became president of Chastain
Homes, Inc., Jeff worked for Delta Airlines, trav-
eled the world, and became a certified commer-
cial jet pilot. In all his travels around the globe,
he never did send me a post card. Go figure.
The suitemate hardest to find was Jitendra
Banerjia of Calcutta, India. Jitendra was voted
most likely to become a college professor. The
last time I saw Jitendra was on his graduation
day in 1986. Since then, he earned an MBA and
worked several years in international business.
Jitendra, or Jay, as he goes by these days, is the
principal broker of a large real estate firm in
Ontario, Canada. He and his wife, Molly, who
was also raised in India, own Exit Realty Experts
of Scarborough. Jay is an entrepreneur's entre-
preneur. Go figure.
After these guys moved out, the guy voted
most likely to stay single, Blaine Hess, moved in.
Blaine and his lovely wife, Lisa, have traveled
the country with Page Net Communications.
Blaine is a walking miracle in the truest sense of
the word. After surviving what most experts
deemed an un-survivable car accident, Blaine
completed a successful 15-year career in sales
and management. Today, he attends seminary
and is training to become a pastor. Go figure.
In the 1980's, who knew what God had in
store for these guys and what their lives would
bring. One thing was true for each of us - when
we got together it was like we had never been
apart. So. ..I want to encourage you to take the
Suite-Tracking Challenge. Call your Alumni
Ministries office today at 1-800-55-BRYAN and
we will help you get in touch with one of your
old "mates." Untold fun and surprises await. Go
Finding an old roommate is a hoot - Go figure!
ILA RUTH MAHR, '48,
lives in Alta, Iowa, where she
enjoys spending time with her
niece's four children. Ila Ruth
volunteers at their school dur-
ing reading period. She also
leads a ladies' Bible study at
her local church.
ERNIE, '52, and LOIS
(CARTWRIGHT), '54, LEE
celebrated their Golden
Anniversary in Dallas, Texas,
on Aug. 3. All their children
were present except for Joel
and Virginia and their boys,
who are serving with Wvcliffe
in the Solomon Islands.
MELVIN HOBSON, '55,
and SHIRLEY JURLISS, '57,
were married on May 25.
Melvin and Shirley reside in
L. ARLEN (AL) LACY,
'56x, was featured on the
cover of the devotional
"Power for Living" May 12,
2002, issue. Since 1980 and
after successful careers in
banking, the pastorate, and
evangelism, Dr. Lacy began
writing western novels. The
cover story described Dr.
Lacy's success as a novelist as
a tribute to his strength of
character. His prolific career
as an author has resulted in
more than 90 books that have
sold 6.2 million copies.
Despite earlier sanctions from
secular publishers, Al's suc-
cess demonstrates that "God
honors those who deny them-
selves, regardless of the cost
for the sake of His Son," the
article says. AI and his wife,
Jo, reside in Eckert, Colo.
NAOMI GLOCK, '61x, has
moved to Belize where she
works as a literacy consultant
for Wycliffe Bible Translators.
She spent 33 years in
Suriname, during which time
the New Testament was trans-
lated into Saramiccan and
many literacy books were pre-
KENT and Willina LUEB,
'63x, are serving as missionar-
ies with "Hands to Serve" in
TIMOTHY NEFF, '75x, is
working with "Helping
International Students" min-
istries at Florida Atlantic
University, while he and his
family are on a sabbatical
from their ministry in Brazil.
JOHN LACEY, '76, and his
wife, Laura, are involved in
weekly Bible studies with the
Colorado Department of
Corrections, at a minimum
security prison. They also
work with Kairos Prison
Ministry leading a four-day
course every six months.
STEVENSON, '79, and wife,
Dorris, live in Czech
Republic, where Steve serves
with SEND International as
the regional director of
JACK (TAD) MAROON,
JR., '80, and Patricia live in
Crisfield, Md., where Tad is
pastor of the First Baptist
JULIE MILLER, '81x. and
Christopher Moxey were mar-
ried on April 20, in North
Mvrtle Beach, S. C. The cou-
ple lives in Mooresville, N. C.
Julie and Christopher Moxey
DWIGHT TALBOT, '83,
lives in Fairmont, W.Va., and
Melvin and Shirley Hobson
is teaching at Fellowship
MIEDEMA, '83, and her hus- ^/
band, Gary, live in Holland,
Mich. Odalis practices family
medicine and is medical
director at the community
health center in Holland.
Vilim and MARY (TUCK-
ER) SIMCIC, '84x, with their
children, Karolina, 4, and
Gabriella, 1, have moved to
JERRY and CINDY
'84, and their family, have
been serving in Papua New
Guinea as missionaries with
Wydiffe Bible Translators.
DARIN GREGG, '89, has
accepted the position of con-
stituency response representa-
tive for FOCUS i"! the Family
and has moved to Colorado
Eric and DENISE (WAGN-
ER) MILLER, '89, announce
the birth of Christopher
Wagner on July 21.
Christopher joins his big -^
brothers Luke, 4, and Eric, 7. ^*
Denise and her familv reside
in Beaver Falls, Pa.
TOM SHANLEY, '89,
recently was promoted to
marketing manager for Dodge
in Daimler Chrysler's
Southeast region. Tom and his
family have relocated from
Maryland to Orlando, Fla.
JENNIFER (JONES) DIAZ,
'90, and her husband, Eric, are
living in Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., where Jennifer coaches
basketball at Broward
MARK, '92, and DENISE
(STOKES), '92x, SMITH,
announce the birth of their
daughter, Maddie. She joins
her big brother Caleb, 2. The
Smith family resides in Grand
Rapids, Mich. ^
MARVIN BUNN, '92, visi!^*
ed Bryan College campus this
summer. He is lives in Atoka,
Tenn., where he is a police
officer for the city of
PAUL, '92, and Terri WHIS-
MANT announce the arrival
'of their daughter, Christina
Anna, on Aug. 10. Christina
joins her big brother, Samuel,
4. Paul and his family serve as
missionaries to Belize.
DEREK, '92x, and CAN-
DACE (ROCKEY), '91,
REAM, are missionaries with
UFM International serving
Immanuel Hospital in Mulia,
Paupa. They have two chil-
dren, Danielle, 7, and Ben, 4.
KOLLEEN (HOEY), '93,
and David LONG announce
the birth of their first child,
Ethan Lamar, on Aug. 7.
Kolleen has resigned from her
job as a writer/editor to take
care of Ethan and to support
David's ministry as a pastor.
The family resides in
mer in Canada. Pictured in
their cabin are, from left,
front, Daniel, Kendall, and
Brenna Gilman, and Tiffany
Edwards. Back are CHAN1N
(ASHWORTH), '93, Joe, and
CHRIS, '94, GILMAN; Ellie,
ERIK, '92, and Becky
Kolleen, Ethan, and David Long
MICHAEL, '93x, and
JULIA (EDDLETON), '96,
COLLOMS, announce the
birth of their son, Daniel, on
May 29. Daniel weighed 7
pounds, 7 ounces and was 19
inches long. The Colloms
family lives in Cleveland,
KEN, '94, and SUSAN
(DIEBOLD), '92, HARRI-
SON, have relocated to
Lancaster, S.C. Ken and Susan
have four children: Ashlyn, 4;
Scott, 3; Graham, 2; and
Aleah, 8 months old.
KEVIN, '94, and TONIA
NIEDERER and their family
have moved to Bessemer City,
N.C., where Kevin is self-
employed and Tonia is the
director at First Wesleyan
Preschool. They have three
children: Victoria, 7; Dakota,
6; and Cheyenne, 1.
GIW> MCKINNEY, '95,
and Tim Shank were married
July 26, 1997. Their daughter,
Caroline Elizabeth, was born
May 29, 2002. The Shank fam-
ily resides in Lynchburg, Va.
The Gilman and Edwards
alumni families had a chance
to vacation together this sum-
RANDY, '96, and Karen
GILBERT, are teaching in the
Dominican Republic. They are
working with New Horizons
Youth Ministries for at-risk
youth from the U.S.
CHET, '96x, and ROBIN
(SLOAN), '93, CROMER,
announce the birth of their
daughter, Violet, on June 1.
Chet, Robin, Cuyle, and Violet
live in Anderson, S.C.
MICHAEL and AMY
(FLOYD) TERRELL, both '96,
live in Biloxi, Miss, where
Michael is stationed at
Keesler Air Force Base. He
was graduated from law
school at Nova Southeastern
University in Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla., and was commissioned
an officer in the Air Force in
October 2001. Amy stays at
home with their son, Ethan, 2.
CHRIS, '97, and Dana
WOOD announce the birth of
their daughter, Grace Nicole,
on Aug. 1. Grace weighed 6
lbs., 9 oz., and was 19.25 inch-
es long. The Wood family
lives in Simpsonville, S.C.
Chris serves as vice president
of development for Miracle
Hills Ministries in Greenville,
TIFFANY B. (SNYDER)
JOHNSON, '98x, appeared
on the cover of the
August /September issue of
Fit Pregnancy magazine,
modeling maternity clothing.
Tiffany and her husband,
Sidnev, reside in Miami, Fla.
JOHN GARLAND, '98,
and Holly Smith were mar-
ried Sept. 21 . John and Holly
reside in Dayton, Tenn.,
where John works for Lear
Corp. as an operations man-
GRAVES, '98, had a commen-
tary on the social skill of
homeschoolers published in
Tlw Chattanooga Timet Free
Press, Aug. 25. Matthew is an
attorney in Chattanooga,
Philip and JODY (WATTS),
'98, BUTTRAM announce the
birth of Lucas Kane, on Aug.
15. The Buttram family
resides in Dayton, Tenn.
Martv and DAWN
(SMITH), '99, TERRELL
announce the birth of Karlee
Grace, on Jan. 31 . Dawn and
her family reside in Charlotte,
DAVID WILKES and KIM-
BERLEE ALLUM, both '00,
were married July 19, in Ohio.
David and Kimberlee reside
in Winston-Salem, N.C.
TYLER SURA, '00, and
STACIE NOURSE, '02, were
married July 5, in Kingston,
Tenn. They live in Dayton,
Tenn. Earlier this year they
decided to legally reclaim the
Finnish spelling of their last
name, which was changed to
"Seera" when Tyler's great-
grandfather immigrated to
the United States. Tyler is a
son of DAVID, '74, and
BETTY RUTH (BARROWS),
'74x, SEERA and a grandson
of WALTER SEERA, '68.
Tyler and Stacie Siira
U.S. Representative Zach Wamp, standing, listens to a question
during ,i luncheon with student members of Bryan's political
society and their faculty and staff guests. Rep. Wamp spoke in
chapel on his view of recent political events and how his faith in
Christ influences his personal and political conduct. He dis-
cussed communication strategies with the political communica-
tion class, and was questioned at the luncheon on topics ranging
from how to become involved in the political process to the
political reality of compromise. Congressman Wamp, re-elected
in November to his fifth term, represents Tennessee's Third
Congressional District, which includes Rhea County and Brvan
SHANE MAXWELL, '00,
and HEIDI SEERA, '04x, were
married May 25. Three of
Heidi's grandfathers, includ-
ing WALTER SEERA, '68, offi-
ciated the garden ceremony at
Heidi's home in Dayton, Tenn.
Shane and Heidi live in
College Grove, Tenn. Shane is
a clinical research associate for
Icon in Nashville, and Heidi
teaches gymnastics at Let It
Shine in Franklin. Heidi is the
daughter of DAVE, '74, and
BETTY RUTH (BARROWS),
Shane and Heidi Maxwell
MOISES DRUMOND, '01,
and Angel Weeks were mar-
ried on Aug. 31, in Soddy-
Daisy, Tenn. Moises teaches
and coaches at Soddy-Daisy
High School. The couple
resides in Chattanooga, Tenn.
CHRIS, '01, and ANGIE
(BRUEHL), 'Olx, O'KEEFE,
announce the birth of their
second child, Hozanna Joy, on
Aug. 28. Hozanna is the
granddaughter of JEFF, '76,
and Darlene BRUEHL; great-
granddaughter of DOROTHY
BRUEHL, '96H; and the niece
of JIM and JULIA (BRUEHL)
TAYLOR, both '98; and stu-
dent Laura (Bruehl) Mann.
CHRISTINE DENNIS, '01,
and current student Aaron St.
Jacques were married May 25.
The couple resides in Dayton,
Tenn. Members of the Bryan
family who attended the wed-
ding included JOHN and
SUSAN (BAKER) OTT, '01;
MARY MACLEAN, '00; JOSH
MULLINS, '00; JENNIFER
BERRY, '00; NATHANIEL
and JULIE (BARFIELD)
GOGGANS, '00; CHRIS
BEAN, '00; MICHELLE
RICH, '00; LAURA FOX-
WORTH, '01; LYNNE
BROWN, '91; KELLY
STULTZ, '93; DONNA HOP-
SON, '01; ROBERT and
KENDALL, '02; MARK, '99,
and RENAE (BEASLEY), '02,
WEST, '02; DAVID and
ANNA (KELLOGG) HEN-
DERSON, '02; DAN EVANS,
'02; MICAH and JUDI
(TOLIVER) ODOR, '01;
RACHEL MIZELL, '01; TONI
CELIUS, '01; MICHAEL
BROWN, '01; and Dr. Whit
Jones; Sam Jones; Dr. Ron
Pettite; Prof. Bernie and
Donna Belisle; BRUCE, '82,
and JERRI (BECK), '92,
MORGAN; DR. JEFF, '76,
and Darlene BRUEHL; Dr.
Ray and MARGIE, '95,
LEGG; Dr. Phil and Darlene
Lestmann; students David
West, Kimberly Berry, April
Brown, Valerie Pettite,
Jonathan Blalock, Whitney
McChristian, Rachel Held,
and Michael Landrv.
Christine and Aaron St.
ROBERT KENDALL and
both '02, were married Sept.
28, in Huntsville, Ala. The
couple resides in Dayton,
Tenn., where Robert is
employed by the Operations
Department at Bryan College.
and CARRIE WILSON, both
'02, were married July 13.
Carrie is employed by the i
Dalton County Public Schools
in Dalton, Ga. The couple
resides in Dalton.
JONATHAN MOBLEY, 02,
checked in from Switzerland.
Jonathan is excited how God
has been using him in min-
istry. He has had the opportu-
nity to teach a Bible study to
high school students and has
recently had the opportunity
to teach the youth at Westlake
Church on Sunday nights.
'02, and CHARIS BRICE,
'03x, were married Aug. 17, in
Beaumont, Texas. The couple
resides in Mount Lake
Terrace, Wash., where Clinton
is a leasing consultant for
Equity Residential Properties.
With the Lord
Garner E. Hoyt, former pro-
fessor of French and Unguis- ^^
tics, died Sept. 27. He is sur-
vived by his son, Ronald
Hoyt, and his brothers LOW-
ELL HOYT, '42, and SOLON
CLEO (GRAHAM) FREY,
'45, died Aug. 2. She is sur-
vived by her husband, EMIL
WESTROM, '49, died Sept.
15. She is survived by her
Robert and Paula Kendall
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